Category: Kidney disease


How to reduce your kidney failure risk factors


Chronic kidney disease is a gradual process where kidney function declines over time. At the Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati, we believe early detection and prevention are critical to preserving kidney function and reducing the risk of kidney failure. Kidney failure can occur when damage is extensive enough that the kidneys can no longer function with dialysis or transplant. 

While kidney disease can’t be reversed, it’s important to understand the risk factors to slow the progression of the disease. 


Early detection of chronic kidney disease


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the deterioration of kidney function over time. When kidney function declines, the body can no longer filter waste products from the blood effectively.

CKD affects individuals of all ages. Common risk factors include high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, heart failure, and family history. There is no cure for chronic kidney disease – it must be managed with treatments like dialysis and kidney transplant.

But the good news is that early detection of chronic kidney disease can keep it from getting worse, leading to a better quality of life for patients. Here are a few things to keep in mind. 


4 Things to do after CKD diagnosis


If you’ve just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), you’re likely feeling overwhelmed by how your life might change and unsure of what your future looks like. At the Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati, we empower our patients to take an active role in their kidney health from day one. There will be much to learn on this journey, but it’s never too early to start taking control of your health. Here are four things you can do after receiving a CKD diagnosis. 


How Kidney Patients Can Stay Motivated to Exercise


Struggling to stay motivated to exercise? You’re not alone. Regular exercise is important for kidney disease patients to improve muscle strength and function, lower blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight. Many of our early stage CKD patients even find that low-intensity exercise helps combat feelings of lethargy and tiredness from kidney disease.

When exercise starts to feel like a chore, here are five tips to keep going.


Immune Support Tips for Kidney Patients

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The health of the kidneys and immune system are closely linked. When the kidneys are no longer able to function properly due to damage or disease, the immune system struggles to protect the body against viruses and infections. For chronic kidney disease patients, this makes it especially important to support your immune health. Here are a few immune boosting tips to keep in mind.


Combating uremic pruritis


Tis the season for warming foods, holiday cheer, and… dry, itchy skin? Cold weather on its own can cause skin to be parched and painful, but many kidney patients also complain of dry, itchy skin that accompanies dialysis. This is called uremic pruritis. Itchy skin affects each person differently and can happen during different times of day. Understanding the causes of uremic pruritis can help determine the best way to manage it and bring relief.


COVID-19 Booster shots available for CKD patients



The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that certain individuals are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Did you get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot at least 6 months ago? Or, did you get a Johnson & Johnson shot at least 2 months ago? If so, as a chronic kidney disease patient of any age, you qualify for a booster shot. 


Get to know the language of kidney disease


It’s normal to wonder how your life will change and how you’ll manage the changes that come with a new diagnosis of kidney disease. The lexicon of kidney disease can add another layer of complexity to navigating this transition. Familiarizing yourself with some of the medical terms you’ll hear your Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati care team use can help you feel more at ease about the changes happening in your body and empowered to be an active participant in your health. 


Kidney Disease and Fluid Intake


When it comes to fluid intake and kidney disease, less is more. Because the kidneys are no longer able to work effectively, the body is unable to rid itself of excess fluids. Our kidney disease patients at the Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati work with their care team to determine a target amount unique to their situation, but here is some general guidance on fluid intake.


4 Summer Safety Tips for Kidney Disease Patients


Warm weather is right around the corner, and after months spent indoors during the pandemic, our neighbors across the tristate are anxious to get outside. Many kidney disease patients are diligent about protecting themselves from COVID-19 through physical distancing, mask wearing, and getting vaccinated, but summer requires extra vigilance for those with CKD even in non-pandemic times. Here are a few tips to stay healthy as temperatures are on the rise.

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